Sunday, October 19, 2014

Fearless Fitness/Martial Arts: Your Dirty 'Ass'

Fearless Fitness/Martial Arts: Your Dirty 'Ass': Don't allow the Demons of your past   unpack their baggage at the door of your future This is the story of an old donkey and a...

Your Dirty 'Ass'

Don't allow the Demons of your past
  unpack their baggage at the door of your future


This is the story of an old donkey and a farmer.
One day the farmers old donkey fell into his well.
Despite repeated attempts the farmer couldn't get the old donkey out of the well.
The well was running dry, and the donkey was old,
 so he decided to fill in the well with the old donkey in it.


The surrounding townspeople came to help but still couldn't lift out the donkey and finally were resigned to helping the farmer to fill in the well with the donkey in it.

The farmer would shovel dirt in the well and the donkey would shake off the dirt
 and then step up onto it until he rose up and actually stepped out of the well.... !

You dont develop courage by being happy
in your relationships everyday.

You develop it by overcoming adversity
 by surviving difficult times
and challenging adversity every day. 
-Epicurus-


O.K. so there might be one more lesson we can learn from this 'ass' .

The donkey bit the farmer in the ass and he got an infection and died.

The first lesson is obvious shake off the dirt and rise 
the second lesson ?

If you try to 'cover your ass' it'll bite you in the but in the end.

Fearless Fitness/Martial Arts: The weight of the world

Fearless Fitness/Martial Arts: The weight of the world: The weight of one life is enough. When the center of the world was the Mediterranean. The Titan Atlas was made by Zeus, king of t...

The weight of the world


The weight of one life is enough.

When the center of the world was the Mediterranean.
The Titan Atlas was made by Zeus, king of the Gods from Greek mythology,
 to carry the weight of the world on his shoulders.

Zeus sentenced Prometheus to have his liver pecked out and eaten by an eagle.
For stealing fire from the Gods and sharing it with man.
Since the Titans were immortal the liver kept growing back.
Atlas intended the punishment to last forever,
perhaps Greek mythology's version of Hell.



I think at different times in our lives we all experience this feeling.
when were not winning, when you loose faith in yourself or others.

If you were carrying the weight of the world you would surely drop it.
It would shatter into thousands of pieces.


Freeing yourself of the 'dust' from past failures and dissatisfaction
is exhausting. Who knew how heavy 'dust' actually is.
'Fresh air' is exhilarating, breath it in !!!

The only person you are destined to be
 is who you decide to be
-Ralph Waldo Emerson-

Maybe the gift of fire from Prometheus to man was 
The fire of will. 

As the years have passed I've moved to more 'Primal' methods of training.
Using two sets of  twenty pound ankle weights (one on each limb)
I walk for 1 hour and 10 minutes every day. the results are pretty amazing.



I know where i've been, I can't wait to see where I'm going.
There is always risk in Primal activity..... life, love and Martial Arts.
You don't know whether it will warm your heart, fulfill your hearts desires
or burn the whole damn house down.



Picking up the pieces is never an easy task, but what a great opportunity.
Sure there is difficulty in every opportunity,
 but there is also opportunity in every difficulty.

 When rebuilding a shattered world from pieces things won't ever be the same.
But do you want them to be ?

Happiness is the pause between two moments of suffering.
The jagged edges of those broken shards may reflect 'the light' you need.

During a speech at the J.L.F.S. annual awards banquet I wrote this on a napkin.

Love and Death don't mean a thing until the Angels sing.
I hope I was everything I was supposed to be 
when the Angels sing


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Fearless Fitness/Martial Arts: The Color of your Dreams

Fearless Fitness/Martial Arts: The Color of your Dreams: For my part I know nothing with any certainty but the sight of stars makes me dream. Winter will invariably pass and become Spring ag...

The Color of your Dreams



For my part I know nothing with any certainty but the sight of stars makes me dream.
Winter will invariably pass and become Spring again.

I know that our heart knows things that our minds can't explain.
A person is at their best when they are passionate about something,
you can see that love and passion in their eyes.


I recently observed a Black Belt test for the J.L.F.S. .
The administrators of the test were some amazing Black Belt friends of mine .
Three candidates stood out in my memory.

Doug Arcidino, Rose Lysak & Brook Purcell ;
all the candidates were outstanding but these three were different.


They showed a perfect blend of softness and power,
as their physical power drained from them when they fought through the 'gauntlet' ,
but their powerful spirit and unwavering commitment to their goal
was clearly evidenced in their eyes.


'....or in Doug's case by Eric Chester's 'cream' on his face.   LOL

You have to leave the city of comfort to explore the wilderness of the unknown.
 What you'll discover is yourself.
 You feel a tap on your shoulder and there it is the world behind you.


The only real voyage of discovery consists of not seeing new landscapes but in having new eyes
-proust-


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Fearless Fitness/Martial Arts: Flavor of the Weak

Fearless Fitness/Martial Arts: Flavor of the Weak: Each of us has a cunning 'shadow self' ,   (what Jung and Freud call ego) That's where the 'righteous anger' ...